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Word & Color of 2017

The blogger in me felt the need to pick a word for the year. I told myself I wasn’t going to but… Well, if I’m being honest, the Lord had other plans for me. See, I have been really frustrated with a lot of things in my life lately and decided that I was just going to pray about it and let God handle it. Something that keeps coming back to my life is writing. I know that I’m supposed to use writing to make a difference in people’s lives. (I know this seems off topic. Bear with me.) I was adamantly not going to fall into the “word of the year trend” buuuutttttt here I am, writing about my word of the year. Obviously, my plans don’t always line up with what the Lord has in store for me. THAT much was made very clear to me in the last year. 

 

My word for this year is WILD. Now, no, I’m not going back to my party days. I’m not going to be a crazy wild-child this year. 

a (1) :  not subject to restraint or regulation :  uncontrolled; also :  unruly (2) :  emotionally overcome <wild with grief>; also :  passionately eager or enthusiastic <was wild to own a toy train — J. C. Furnas>b :  marked by turbulent agitation :  stormy <a wild night>c :  going beyond normal or conventional bounds :  fantastic <wild ideas>; also :  sensationald :  indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion <a wild gleam of delight in his eyes — Irish Digest> (From Merriam-Webster

I’m turning 30 this year. I’m going to be unapologetically ME. I’m not going to water my personality down. I’m a very emotional person. I get easily attached. I get excited. If I’m into something, I’m UTTERLY OBSESSED with it. and I’ve always thought of that as a bad thing. I’ve always considered my wild heart to be a bad thing. Not very many people truly appreciate raw, passionate people. I need to stop worrying about them and focus on the people that DO appreciate that. The people that love to hear about my passions, my hopes, my dreams, my visions, my life…   I’m going to embrace my wild, gypsy heart and see where that takes me. I found some quotes that really sold me on “Wild” — 

 

“She is vulnerable, as all open hearts are, but she is wild and free and can handle a few scars.”  – A.R. Asher

“Be both soft and wild just like the moon. Or the storm. Or the sea.”  – Victoria Erickson 

“She was a wild one; always stomping on the eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” – Kaitlyn Foster 

“She was a wild child; always stealing the stars and getting drunk on the souls of the earthbound misfits.” 

 

NOW, as far as the color goes. This is something new to me. At work they pick a color for the year. Last year it was red, this year it’s blue. When we were discussing the color for the year at work, the color that the Lord put on my heart personally was purple. The color purple is symbolic of spirituality, creativity, royalty, and dignity. It’s considered an uplifting and calming color — something my life definitely NEEDS. I’m not sure how I’m going to incorporate the color purple into my life but it’s my color this year. I’m looking forward to what that entails. 

 

 

Do you have a word or color (or both!) of 2017? Tell me! 

2016 was weird & 2017 Goals

What a weirdly interesting year 2016 turned out to be. 

I’m not going to say that it was terrible, but overall it wasn’t. But there were a lot of terrible celebrity deaths. (CARRIE FISHER?! ugh) There were some terrible dates. There were some terrible situations. There were some terrible people. My dog died. My biological father died. My chickens got killed. My heart was broken. My life, at times, felt like it was over. 

 

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My family grew. My fondness of makeup grew. There were some good dates. I met fun new people. I learned to be okay by myself. My faith grew. My happiness grew abundantly. My life went on. We got a new puppy. We have chickens. I pretty much have everything I want and the ability to get whatever else I want at a whim. 

So while my blog definitely took the back burner… My life didn’t collapse. In fact, it continued in a whirlwind of crazy. It only is starting to feel like things are calming down. I’m sure you’ve all noticed even a lack of my instagram posts – and we all know how much I love and adore instagram – It’s been so crazy that I haven’t even WANTED to post things on Instagram. But, I have goals. I have plans. I have things I want to write about. So, here I am. I am going to write my 2017 goals down and hopefully I’ll keep to them better than my last year’s goals. 😉 

 

Goals 

  • Blog More 
    • I’m not going to put a set amount on this because we all know that I won’t be able to keep it. If it were up to me, I’d post daily and not do anything else but unfortunately, life gets in the way of those sorts of goals. So, I’m going to post MORE … I’m just not sure how much more. 
  • Be Braver 
    • I am almost 30 years old. I just barely, a couple of weeks ago, went to a movie alone for the first time in my entire life. I’m afraid to do things by myself. Not because I’m afraid of being alone.. I’m afraid of what people think. I want to be braver. I want to be okay being alone. I want to not care what people think.
  • Grow My Lipsense Business 
    • I’m utterly and completely obsessed with LipSense. It’s crazy. I know that I’ve posted about it the last couple of times and you’re probably thinking, “OMG, SHUT UP! WE GET IT!”… But, I promise you don’t get it. I adore LipSense
  • Date. 
    • Ew. Okay but I am like almost 30 and kind of really just want to be in a serious relationship and/or married. The struggle is so real, guys. SO REAL. Here’s the catch though. I don’t do online dating. Meaning, like match.com and stuff.. that’s out of the question. So, that means we have to rely on my awkwardly adorableness to get a date. It’s not working out well so far… Obviously. I guess this means that I have to 1) be more social and 2) let people set me up on blind dates. (EEK!) Will any of this happen? I’m not really sure. But, if I learned anything this last year it’s that I’m a relationship type of girl and I just want to be with someone that is going to treat me the right way. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. Right? 
  • Take more pictures. 
    • I already take a lot of pictures but I want to take more. That’s always a goal. 

 

 

What are your goals this year? 

What I’ve Been Up To…

I know. I kind of disappeared for a bit. Life is strange. 

Here’s what I’ve been up to! 

I got chickens for my birthday. I had 6 but a chicken hawk killed one. It was seriously so tragic. I had just gotten Rewind back to health and a chicken hawk killed him. I was sooo sad. 

Baby Chickens Chickens!

My sweet Winston got hit by a car – I swear to God, I’ve never felt so much anger as I did that day. It was anger followed by such a great heartache… I can’t even explain it. He was killed instantly, thank God. He didn’t suffer. Our hearts are still so heavy from it.  

 

I’ve been OBSESSED with Lipsense. Seriously. OBSESSED. It’s lipstick that stays on all day. I loved it so much I decided to become a distributor. You know, I’ve said a million times that I wouldn’t do direct sales?? Well, this stuff is so amazing that I signed up without a second thought. Love it. 

Purple lips and NO lipstick mark on my PSL!

 

Chanel I let the little girls wear it to church every Sunday. Last Sunday Chanel decided she wanted to wear Violet Volt (one of my favorites) and I was a little hesitant at first because, I mean, she’s 9… but I let her do it. And look how pretty she is! Ugh! I can’t take it.  Savannah

Savannah wore Razzberry, it’s her favorite. This is probably my favorite picture of her. Her sweet freckles across her face… I could just eat her up. I can’t get over it. She looks so grown up here! 

 

My Quirky Style Is Still Going Strong

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Haha. Yeah. Polka dots, florals, boots… Me. Just me to a T. 14523192_10154586523563913_8100611768204973200_n

This was our Halloween booth. I was a mermaid. Totally adorable, huh??? 

 

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Bonus picture of Charlie sticking his tongue out! 

 

 

That’s an overview of what’s been going on the last couple of months. There has been SO much more. I can’t even begin to tell you. I am working like, all the time and that’s bound to be even more hours soon. It’s just a crazy, fun life. Alabama is finally starting to feel like home. It’s such a weird sensation. I never thought that I’d enjoy it here but I do. I love it. 

 

How have you guys been??? 

I’m Back

I know. I’ve said this about a million times…. 

 

I’m back! Life has seriously been so crazy and … well, crazy. But, I  have posts planned out and I’m officially getting my butt back into blogging because I’ve missed it way too much! 

 

I’ll write more later! 

 

xoxoxo 

Heather 

Death & Heartache

Okay, I sat here and tried to decide if I was going to post this. I wrote this out of heartache and sadness – I haven’t gone through and edited it in any way.. this is just raw emotion that came through when it happened. I’m going to post it because it is a part of my life and it did happen and I was (and am) upset about it. It’s not finished, nor will I finish it. I’m not sure I can finish the post. It’s really interesting me to see this after not looking at it for a week and a half. I cannot tell you what it feels like to a lose a parent, even one that you’re not close with. It’s a lot like feeling alone – because despite the circumstances concerning the relationship, they’re still biologically your parents and when they die, you really have no one else on the planet that can replace them.

July has been a crazy month for me and definitely not in the ways I had expected. I’ll be back with more posts as I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things around here. I have 3 other personal websites that I manage as well as the ones I manage for work. It’s been a balancing act and I think that I’m finally getting the hang of it. Love you guys and see y’all soon!

xoxo, H 

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I’m not really sure where to start this post. I’m sad. I cried a lot today. My biological father passed away Thursday night. I was told today. He went into cardiac arrest and they weren’t able to revive him, from what I understand. I’m still waiting on the autopsy to find out for sure what the cause of death was. I apologize if this post is a little all over the place — Well, it will be all over the place — but hopefully it’ll make some sort of sense. At the very least it’ll make me feel better. 

One thing that I can tell you with out a doubt in my mind is that he loved me and my sister. He did. I know this. And when he found out that I had had children, he loved them immensely. I didn’t know him as well as I should have. I couldn’t tell you his favorite food or his favorite color. But what I can tell you is what I remember about him from when I was growing up. 

He gave me my ferret, Puddles. 

One time when we were visiting, he took us out to eat and we were playing the license plate game because we were right next to a window and we talked about how carrots were good for your eyes. 

He always had a mustache. Always. It was weird when he’d shave it off. 

He was a die-hard Raiders fan. 

When I was really little, he’d take us to a relatives house that had a big dog that was big enough that I could ride him. 

And right now I feel so horrible for not returning the phone calls. And not overlooking his faults. And losing touch with him. 

 

He was an alcoholic. He was sober when we did get back into contact with each other. Then he relapsed and I’m guessing he felt ashamed and felt the need to hide it from me, because he lied to me. I’d always rather have the truth than a lie. And that’s when we lost contact again, except for on Facebook. I was never really close with that side of the family and so they had to find me on facebook and tell me via messenger. That was sad to me, too. 

 

Then, I learned that they’re donating his body to the medical school and he won’t be buried or have any kind of service done. I can’t handle the thought of him being studied by med students. I don’t feel like I get any closure and that is probably really selfish of me to think that way. I’ve been told that that is what he wanted… so people can learn what long-term alcohol abuse does to your body. That he didn’t want any service, or funeral. I understand respecting someone’s wishes after they’ve died, I do. But, I’m human and I’m selfish and I want him to be buried and have a funeral. 

Hair: An Update

I said in my last hair post that I was on a mission to grow out my hair. I had a list of things that I was going to do — not straighten it was one of them. Well, I didn’t straighten it for about a month. And I realized something. I hate when I don’t straighten my hair. I feel lazy and like I haven’t really gotten ready for the day. My hair took it well, it went nice and wavy/curly and it looked alright but I hated it. I hated it so much that I couldn’t even stand it. I kept just pulling it up into a bun and leaving it up. 

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So, I started straightening my hair again so I can feel like a productive human being. I’ve been on a mission to find good products and ways to straighten my hair and keep it healthy. 

My revised hair care tips:

 

My Brush

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A vented paddle brush – I use this brush when I’m blow drying my hair. It makes such a huge difference in drying time. I don’t know how i lived without a vented paddle brush. I seriously can’t even tell you how thick my hair is. It’s thick enough that if I am letting my hair air dry, it takes 3 to 4 HOURS to air dry completely – sometimes longer. It’s horrible. It can take me forever to blow dry my hair so if I can cut down any time under the blow dryer, I’m going to do it. This brush, this is the key to drying your hair faster. 

Products I Use

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Argan Oil – I put argan oil on my hair before I blow dry it. My hair is naturally dry so it needs all the extra help in staying moisturized that it can get. I’ve been a huge fan of Argan oil for a long time – I even use it in my beard care line – it’s amazing for hair and nails and even your skin. You have to be careful when you use this, you don’t want to make your hair too oily. I mostly just apply it to my ends. I’ve been told that Argan oil helps protect hair from breakage and heat damage. 

 

Tools I Use

 

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Flat Iron – Tourmaline ceramic flat iron – mine is actually blue because I didn’t see a purple one when I bought it. Tourmaline ceramic is supposed to help with frizz and static. Whether this is true or not, I can’t say. I have no complaints about my flat iron though. It straightens my hair perfectly. I use a low heat setting and am able to get my hair straight and it stays straight until I wash it again. 

 

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Blow Dryer with Diffuser – I don’t have a super fancy blow dryer. I use this one one a low heat setting and use the diffuser attachment. I don’t use this every time I wash my hair. Sometimes I just let my hair air dry and then I use my flat iron. 

 

 

Other Helpful Information

I’ve spent so much time online trying to find the best things for my hair. I know, it’s a weird thing to be obsessed with but I am currently obsessed with my hair. I want long, pretty mermaid hair. I really have spent hours and hours online reading hair product reviews, tips, tricks, tools, and anything else I can get my hands on. I’ve found some really helpful blogs and articles. One in particular is Straight Hair Club – It’s kind of a mix of everything I need in one place. I have information about products and tools right there as well as tips an articles on how to keep your hair healthy AND straighten it! Bonus, right? I seriously need all the hair help I can get at this point. I found this article, Do’s and Don’t’s of When Straightening Your Hair, helpful. I haven’t ever used a comb when I am straightening my hair until very recently and it’s made a difference! I also enjoyed this one about How to Protect Your Hair From Damage When Using a Flat Iron –  it was full of great tips on how to protect my hair. 

Have you checked out Straight Hair Club

My Birthday Wishlist

 

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Guys. I’m turning 29 this year — On July 18th. This is going to be the last year of my twenties. That makes me feel… old. I’m also going to make a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30. I want a few things for my birthday… mostly just clothing and shoes. 

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This rose gold dragon ring… I’m in love. I’m absolutely obsessed with dragons and rose gold. It’s a win-win. 

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Because I need like, 12 of these! How cute is little Bulbasaur?? 

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Succulent seeds to go into my tiny Bulbasaur!

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These heels are to die for – Modcloth is my favorite. 

 

Seriously, I’m obsessed with heels. How cute are these wedges?


This dress is so so so pretty!


A pretty light green dress, for church.


Because Plaid is always my favorite.

Which is your favorite? 

Geek Fuel {June}

 

Well well well…. Things are finally starting to calm down for me around this crazy house. I’m starting to catch up on my blogs and am actually writing posts again! This one is long overdue but totally worth it. As we all know by now, I’m obsessed with Pokemon. (See: Right Arm, Tattoo, Pikachu.) And plants. OF COURSE THIS BOX WAS AMAZING! Pikachu, TMNT, AND A PLANT POT! Are you kidding me??? UGH! I’m so excited about it. 

Pokemon GO just came out, so I’ve been all about Pokemon. (I’m sorry to those of you that I’m friends with on Facebook. I can’t help it. I’m excited.) Nothing makes me happier than cute little Pikachu. So, of course, this shirt that we got this month. AMAZING! Also, side note, I’m at this awkward size where my chest is slightly too big for small t-shirts, and the rest of me is entirely too tiny for medium t-shirts. It’s a struggle, but I’m working through it because my nerdwear needs to be worn. 

And a Pikachu and Meowth temporary tattoo? Yes. This is the best. 

I didn’t get a picture of the planter before it was being used. It’s currently home to my snake plant starter. Wish it luck! (Side Story: Trowa, who is obsessed with Mario, has asked about a million times if my snake plant is going to turn into a Piranha plant.. I wish it was!) 

 

The rest of the box included: 

  • Sherlock Manga (A GeekFuel Exclusive!) 
  • Bit Evolution Steam Game 
  • Super Mario Ink Stamp (I got Luigi) 
  • Turtle Trainer stress ball (A GeekFuel Exclusive!) – Charlie has already tried to eat it. Twice…. Today. 

As always, you can sign up for GeekFuel here 

 

My last side story: 

 

I’m helping mom blog! Make sure you follow her at @thenerdyfoxblog

A photo posted by Charles Xavier (@charlesxavierthedoxie) on


 Charlie was super helpful today. I also made him an instagram, because let’s be real, I’m obsessed with my dog. You can follow him if you’d like. He’ll probably give you kisses if you do. 

Currently

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Watching: Game of Thrones and my guilty pleasure Southern Charm. I can’t help it. I’m hooked. 

Reading: I’m actually not reading much of anything right now. I can’t seem to get into reading lately. I’m in a weird funk. I need to finish Fowl Play by Tony Jaeger. Beacuse it’s quite amazing, actually. Plus, I know the author. 

Listening: Okay. I’m obsessed with the new album Cleopatra by The Lumineers. My favorite songs are Sick in the Head, Ophelia, and Sleep On The Floor. ::heart eyes:: 

Making: Knitting dishcloths, making soap, and getting ready for Farmer’s Markets. 

Feeling:  Um, sick and irritated, actually. It’s really easy for people to push their emotions on me… It must be a design flaw. I’m really intuitive and can read your emotions like you couldn’t believe. Chances are I know how you’re feeling even if you’re acting like nothing is wrong. Which makes it easy for people to project their problems on me. It gets annoying sometimes. 

Planning: Chanel is turning 9, guys. She’s going to be NINE! I can’t even deal with that. She’s going to have a Tie Dye birthday party, how fun is that?? I’m pretty excited about it. 😀 

Loving: Bedtime. It’s my favorite part of the day. Not just because it’s a break but also because it gives me to time to unwind and collect my thoughts for the day and plan out things. 

 

What are you guys currently doing? Leave your answers below or link me your blog so I can read them!